A collection of depictions of the Umi-bozu (Umi-bouzu) of Japanese folklore.
Top: Shigeru Mizuki
Second row, left: John Kenn Mortensen
Second row, right: Utagawa Kuniyoshi
Third row: Alfred Kubin (inspired by previous)
Bottom: J. D. Daniel (both)
Various fantastic creatures and sea monsters from a map of the Americas by Diego Gutiérrez, 1562
“Noche” (“Night”) by Néstor Martín-Fernández de la Torre, from Poema del Atlántico (Poem of the Atlantic).
A modern interpretation by Tom Bagshaw of the legendary Umi-bozu or Umi-bouzu of Japan.
“Aspidochelone” by Kitty Stabler (KuhalEarthshaker). An entry in Deviantart’s Mythical Creatures T-Shirt Design Challenge. The aspidochelone was a variant of the zaratan, a widespread myth of a giant turtle or other sea creature mistaken for an island by sailors.